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Ship for
World Youth Alumni
Association - India


INDO - JAPAN Friendship Group


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Ship for World Youth Alumni Association-India (SWYAA-India) is a registered NGO of delegates from India who participated in the Ship for World Youth (SWY) program and the Global Youth Leadership Development Program (GLDP) organized by the Cabinet office of Government of Japan.
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Ship for World Youth Alumni Association-India (SWYAA-India) has formed an Indo-Japan Friendship Group (IJFG) with an aim to promote people to people contact, alliance and cross cultural exchange between India and Japan. Informal meetings are held once in a quarter for social and cultural interactions with Ex-PYsand representatives from diverse fields such as social development, art, cultural, industries, commerce, religion, academics and students.
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SWYAA-India teaches deprived children in ten open schools and educates 600 children in the age group of 4 to 14 years living in the slum clusters in New Delhi. In the open schools children receive educational inputs up to primary level as per our curriculum. As multi group and multi-level children are enrolled in the classes,our teachers prepare separate lesson plans for younger children in the age group of 4-6 years and for older children in the age group 7 years and above.

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Latest Activities

An Evening with Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan: The Land of Mt. Fuji-Musical Concert: (Performance of contemporary instrumental music, drums, Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremonyand Enkasinging was held at Multipurpose Hall in IIC, New Delhi)
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Happy youngsters of SWYAA-Open classes learning Japanese language from Mohit Rawat ! He has taken sixteen classes since April
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The Ship for World Youth Leadership, 2018 program conducted by the Cabinet Office of Government of japan in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India held the Port of Call activities in Kochi port in Kerala (India) from 11-13 February, 2018.

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SWYAA-India, Discover Japan Club (DJC), India and Discover India Club (DIC), Japan jointly launched the school sanitation program on 26th February 2015 from 10:30 am to 12:30 noon in the government primary school in Delhi.

SWYAA-India continued to teach in ten open schools and educated 1050 underprivileged children in the age group of 4 to 14 years living in ten slum clusters in New Delhi. In the open schools children received educational inputs up to primary level as per the school syllabus.

It was a rare opportunity for the children of the Open Schools of SWYAA-India to interact with Japanese students from Keio University,Tokyo at Mayapuri, New Delhi. They had come for volunteering in the educational activities being implemented by SWYAA-India.

Lecture on message of Mahatma Gandhi by Ms Shobhana Radhakrishna. Having the fortune of spending a part of her life in Gandhiji’s Sevagram Ashram, Wardha in India, Shobhana Radhakrishna is on a mission to spread the socially relevant messages of Mahatma Gandhi on peace, non-violence, satyagraha, universal brotherhood, unity and harmony to every corner of the world.




Announcement of POC of SWY30 at Kochi

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  • Ravi Chopra, (SWY6) President, SWYAA-India

    Many a lives were touched and changed for better after I returned from SWY6 in 1994. The sweet reminiscences of the days spent in Nipponmaru have remained etched in my memory forever. I started my career as a socially conscious photo-journalist working for development agencies and national newspapers after completing my post graduation. I was awarded the National honor by the President of India for my photographic work on education in 1993. Since I loved doodling, I had even begun making cartoon sketches on various social issues. These were published in many national dailies and magazines.

    I founded DISHA, a national NPO (non-profit organization) with like-minded people for socio-economic development of the underprivileged communities by working all over India. Because of the rapid economic development in the country, during early 1990’s, there were many opportunities that were created for professionals like me in the social sector. I led DISHA by taking up programmes for promoting peace, harmony, cultural exchange, youth development, empowerment of poor communities and environmental conservation since the past 24 years. I have been working intensively as a committed social worker striving for providing social justice, self-reliance and dignity to people. My work on environment and youth development has been highly acclaimed as it brought significant changes in the lives of people.

    I have been extensively providing consultancy to donors and NGOs in developing communication strategies on youth development and leadership and have pioneered use of media for social sector. I have authored several articles on social issues. I conduct youth camps, seminars and give talks on peace education in various universities and colleges for building unity and solidarity. Along with Indian Ex-PYs, I founded the Ship for World Youth Alumni Association- India (SWYAA-India) in 2007 as a NPO. Over these 10 years it has become one of the most active AAs promoting the objectives and post program social contribution activities of SWY program. I the founding president of have an Indo-Japanese Friendship Group and the Discover Japan Club India for promoting cross cultural exchange and people to people contact between India and Japan which has been instrumental in furthering the cause of the SWY program. Looking back at my achievements, the exposure gained during SWY6 has gone a long way in working towards betterment of humanity.

  • Ms. Shobhana Radhakrishna, (JYGC) Chief Executive, SWYAA-India

    Shobhana Radhakrishna is on a mission to reintroduce Mahatma Gandhi to the people of India as well those abroad. Mahatma Gandhi’s thought and principles can guide the people as it has the strength to inspire and bring about change. She is the Chief Functionary of the ‘Gandhian Forum for Ethical Corporate Governance’ formed by the Standing Conference of Public Enterprises(SCOPE) for promoting ethical business practices, organizational integrity in Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) of Government of India. She has traveled for lecture tours to Japan, China, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Taiwan, Thailand and give lectures in various universities and organizations on ‘Transformational leadership of Mahatma Gandhi’ to inspire youth to become socially conscious and contribute to the society.

    She is empaneled as an ‘Eminent Citizen’ for the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. She is the governing body member of the ‘Mahila Samakhya’ program for empowerment of women of Government of Bihar and of the ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ for inclusive education of primary school children of Government of Tripura as well as the and National Coalition for Education (NCE). She is the chairperson of the non-profit organizations namely Uttranchal Development Institute and DISHA, national NGOs.

    She is the ex-participant in the Japanese Youth Goodwill Cruise Program, Government of Japan and as the Chief Executive of SWYAA-India she has spearheaded the post program social contribution activities. .

  • Samrita Kaur Gill (SWY6) Vice President, SWYAA-India

    Salutations to the Ship for World Youth programme. Although I participated 14 years ago the experience remains fresh, it’s just a shut eye away!!!!!!! Ever since the programme the journey of life has been exciting and rewarding. After completing my Law degree I made a concerted effort at writing the premier examination of the country for securing a job with the Government of India. I am now working as Deputy Commissioner in the Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, Government of India. I am currently posted at New Delhi . It is an exciting job and gives me an opportunity to help serve my country in economic development and prevention of all forms of trafficking-of drugs, antiques, humans and the lot.

    The journey that began on the Nipponmaru, honing skills at comprehending International Perspectives continues to be the guiding force in the journey of life!!!!!!!

  • Rupesh Gupta (SWY6) Treasurer, SWYAA-India

    When I look back at the 6th ship for world youth I attended in 1994, I have come a long way since then. But the sweet memories picked up during those 70 day period will be cherished for the rest of our lives.

    I was studying a professional course in accountancy, Chartered Accountant, during my trip. After coming back I cleared the same and pursued my career in practising the same for few years till 2000. With freeing of economy in the country during early 1990’s ample opportunities were created for professionals like me. Telecom is one sector whose growth in India as amazed the entire world, I got into a basic telecom company in 2001 in the New Delhi.

    In September 2007 I got the opportunity in the latest industry in the country, retail. I joined biggest retailer in the mobile handset business in India to be based out of Bangalore. Currently I am working with the same company heading their operations of southern and northern states of India. Surely the exposure gained during SWY6 has gone a long way in making me a better and more responsible human being and citizen of world.

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The SWYAA INDIA fully relies on sponsorship funds for development of local initiatives and future activities. As a participant, you can best prepare by contacting local institutions, media and businesses for funds to raise the profile of the SWYAA INDIA.


SWYAA INDIA provides an opportunity to volunteers for experiential learning that encourages them to live in and experience the real life challenges faced by people in villages and slums. As a participant, you can contribute to the society by exploring the opportunities to take part in social activities.

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The SWYAA INDIA fully relies on sponsorship funds for development of local initiatives and future activities. As a participant, you can best prepare by contacting local institutions, media and businesses for funds to raise the profile of the SWYAA INDIA.

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